The death of television legend Larry Hagman has come midway through the filming of the next season of Dallas.
15 episodes of the second season were planned but the production had taken a break for Thanksgiving and was due to resume next week.
During season four of the original show Jim Davis, who played J.R.’s father Jock Ewing died from cancer. He was referred to in the 13 episodes of the season following his death and then with season five resumed the story began with him being killed in a helicopter accident.
The writers of the new series will now need to explain the absence of J.R. for the next 9 episodes of season two.